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Rival UK protests held to support and oppose Tunnel migrants

Folkestone - Rival protests featuring those welcoming migrants and far-right wingers opposed to their presence were held in the British port town at the mouth of the Channel Tunnel on Saturday.

Bin Laden relatives killed in UK plane crash

Finchampstead - Members of Osama bin Laden's family were among four people killed when a private jet crashed into a car auction lot in Britain, Saudi Arabia's embassy in London said Saturday.

Migrant bids to reach Britain sharply down overnight: French police

Calais - French police said Saturday some 300 migrants in Calais attempted to reach Britain via the cross-Channel tunnel overnight, a significant drop from previous nights as the security presence is beefed up.

Migrant journeys cross in Channel citadel

Dover - For the hundreds of migrants who make it across the Channel, a stark detention centre in a former fortress overlooking the sea often represents the bitter end of a long journey.

Litvinenko widow says inquiry has uncovered 'truth'

London - The widow of a Russian ex-spy fatally poisoned in London said Friday she believed a British judge-led inquiry had uncovered the "truth" into his death as it heard its final submissions.

UK grants Chinese artist Ai Weiwei new visa in U-turn

London - Britain's interior minister ordered officials Friday to grant Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa, reversing a decision to restrict him to a short trip that had prompted condemnation from rights groups.

In the 'New Jungle' of Calais: a school, A church and a clinic

Calais - Not all of the 3,000 migrants estimated to be holed up in Calais are desperately trying to get to England. If anything, Abdulaziz is putting down roots.

French police foil '1,000 bids' to cross Channel

Calais - French police said they had prevented more than 1,000 desperate attempts by migrants to get into Britain via the Channel Tunnel Friday, as London vowed further measures to tackle the crisis.

British PM's 'swarm' of migrants comment sparks outrage

London - Prime Minister David Cameron faced heavy criticism Thursday for saying a "swarm" of migrants was trying to come to Britain, as authorities in France struggle to stop them crossing the Channel.

Anti-EU UKIP unveils rally plans for 'Brexit' campaign

London - The leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Thursday unveiled plans for hundreds of rallies from September to campaign for a "No" vote in the EU membership referendum.

Artist Ai Weiwei arrives in Germany as Britain slammed over visa

Munich - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrived in Germany Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, after Britain denied him a six-month visa because he did not declare a supposed "criminal conviction" on his applicat...

French police slow migrant bids to cross Channel

Calais - The British government was to hold an emergency meeting Friday to grapple with a migrant crisis on its doorstep, as police in northern France blocked at least 200 people from reaching the Channel tunnel.

Migrant bids to cross Channel slowing, say French police

Calais - Migrants holed up in northern France made fewer attempts to reach England via the Channel Tunnel in the early hours of Thursday, police said, suggesting beefed-up security is having an impact.

Hitler, the army and French bashing: UK tabloids on Calais crisis

London - British tabloids combined two of their favourite themes in covering the Calais migrants controversy Thursday -- French bashing and railing against the government response to illegal immigration.

China artist Ai Weiwei says Britain restricted his visa

Bejing - Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa and restricted him to a three-week trip because he did not declare a "criminal conviction" in his application, he cited an embassy official as saying Thursday.

Egyptian electrocuted trying to jump onto London-Paris train

Paris - An Egyptian man was fighting for his life on Wednesday after being electrocuted at a Paris station while trying to leap onto the Eurostar train to London, said a source close to the case.

El Dorado or pipe dream? Calais migrants hope for new life in UK

London - Thousands of migrants are trying to cross the Channel from France in search of a better life in Britain -- but what makes them risk their lives travelling from one wealthy European country to another?

Migrant deaths in the Eurotunnel

Paris - One person was found dead as migrants desperate to reach England made at least 1,500 attempts overnight to storm the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port city of Calais.

Migrants storm Eurotunnel in bid to reach England

Calais - One man died Wednesday as migrants made some 1,500 attempts to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in a desperate bid to get to England, a situation that Premier David Cameron warned was "very concerning.

One dead as migrants try to storm Eurotunnel terminal again

Calais - One man was found dead Wednesday as migrants made some 1,500 attempts to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in a desperate bid to get to England, a situation the British prime minister warned was "very concerning.

Clues in the ruins where Britain's empire was born

Washington - Archaeologists have identified the remains of four men who were among the leaders of an early English settlement in Virginia's Jamestown.

Some '2,000' migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel terminal

Lille - Attempts by migrants desperate to reach England through the Channel Tunnel reached a new peak overnight, as about 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais.

Two patients in Britain test negative for MERS

London - Two patients in Britain have tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), officials said Tuesday, after a hospital wing was shut down as a precautionary measure.

Britain's Lord Sewel resigns after cocaine and prostitutes scandal

London - A British peer who was in charge of lawmakers' ethics quit the House of Lords on Tuesday after allegedly snorting cocaine off a prostitute's breasts, fuelling calls for reform of the unelected upper chamber.

Lord Sewel exposed in 'drugs and prostitutes' romp

London - A senior member of Britain's House of Lords responsible for upholding standards was facing calls to quit the chamber Monday after he was filmed allegedly snorting drugs off a prostitute's breasts.

British PM heads to Southeast Asia with trade, IS on agenda

Jakarta - British Prime Minister David Cameron begins a visit to Southeast Asia on Monday, looking to seal $1.2 billion in trade deals and push for greater cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group.

New Scottish independence vote 'inevitable' says ex-leader

London - Former Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond said Sunday that another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom was "inevitable" because of policies pursued by Prime Minister David Cameron's government in London.

Britain may vote on EU membership in 2016: Report

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron intends to hold a referendum on the country's membership of the European Union around June of 2016, the Independent on Sunday reported.

Lonmin likely to cut 6,000 jobs in South Africa

Johanesburg - Lonmin, the world's third largest platinum producer, said Friday it was set to cut 6,000 jobs in South Africa due to falling prices and high costs, dealing another blow to the country's fragile economy.

Obama calls on Britain to remain in the EU

Washington - US President Barack Obama has urged Britain to stay in the European Union, cautioning remaining in the bloc was necessary to help preserve the nation's global influence.
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